wit - white - 白い - [white sanskrit]

catalogue number: hdv 1980.081.1
date created: 1980
classification: editions & publications
work type: artist's publication
medium: 362 pages paper in white cover; on a broad white strip (belly band) author, title (in Dutch, English, Japanese and Sanskrit) and impressum are printed, on the first flap a text by herman de vries in Dutch, English and German: "about this universal book, which neutralizes all contradictions / whose content is intelligible to everyone / which resolves all problems and isolates nothing of reality / at the expense or for the benefit of any aspect, remains to be said / that it represents a positive contribution to the synthesis of all"
dimensions: 21 × 14.8 × 3 cm
signature and inscriptions: uninscribed
edition: artists press bern 1980
3rd edition, 5000 [100 realised], numbered
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collecting history:
related works: reprinted in 2012 by Zédélé Éditions , Brest in the 'Reprint Collection', curated by Anne Moeglin-Delcroix and Clive Phillpot
photo/scan: archive herman de vries
rights & reproduction: herman de vries
exhibition history
2023 'Blank. Raw. Illegible ... Artists' Books as Statements (1960–2022)', Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren [group]
published references
catalogue raisonné herman de vries. les livres et les publications : catalogue raisonné (centre des livres d'artistes : Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche 2005) image repr. on page 161, 160 (catalogue number 54).
exhibition catalogue Blank. Raw. Illegible ... Artists' Books as Statements (1960–2022) (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König : Cologne 2023) image repr. on page 19, 19-20 (catalogue number 4).